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DDA approves amendments to MPD 2021

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority on Tuesday approved amendments to the Master Plan of Delhi 2021, allowing uniform floor area ratio (FAR) and use of upper floors for commercial activities in the Local Shopping Complexes, providing relief to thousands of traders from the ongoing sealing drive.

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While a uniform floor area ratio (FAR) has been permitted in all shop-cum-residential plots and complexes, the upper floors can be converted to commercial use after paying the applicable charges. Liquor shops, bars, discos, pubs and clubs will not be allowed in the residential premises under mixed-land use area.

The amendments to MPD 2021 was initially approved by the authority in its meeting held on February 27 and forwarded to the ministry of housing and urban affairs. However, the Supreme Court, in its May 15 order, directed Government of India to put up the modifications proposed by DDA in public domain for another two weeks, giving opportunity to people to give suggestions and raise objections to the proposed modifications.

Complying with the apex court order, the proposed amendments were put up in public domain till June 9. The civic agency received 814 objections from RWAs, trader associations and NGOs, which were placed before the board of enquiry and hearing in its meeting. In view of various suggestions and taking into consideration the ground realities, the board gave its recommendations which were incorporated.

As per DDA’s notification, the amount collected through conversion, ‘use conversion’, parking charges and other charges will be credited to an escrow account and used exclusively for augmentation of infrastructure facilities and amenities such as parking, public toilets and water supply. Further, the local bodies will have to provide parking space to all LSCs. And in case no plot is available, either a common parking would be developed in the vicinity or the market would be declared a pedestrian street.

To resolve the parking issue in mixed-land use and commercial areas, the DDA’s amendment has permitted the owners with the plot size of 1,000 sq metre to include or amalgamate their plots with adjacent plot of similar size and create additional parking space. Such plots owners will be entitled for a rebate of 50% in conversion charges.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has welcomed the amendments approved by the DDA. “The decision will give relief to five lakh traders in LSCs living in the constant fear of their shops getting sealed anytime,” said Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of CAIT.

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